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Fire Engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris; Spire Collapses, Towers Still Standing

Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world's most famous churches, erupted in flames Monday in Paris — and though its survival remains in question, authorities expressed hope. The commander of the Paris firefighter brigade said Monday night that the cathedral's main structure and two towers of the cathedral had been saved. Flames leapt through the roof and dark smoke billowed into the sky on Monday afternoon. Observers gasped as the spire fell. The roof collapsed shortly...

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Buffalo, NY – Erie County Comptroller Nancy Naples is calling for a more formalized process for evaluating regional initiatives.

Naples says there needs to be more in-depth financial analyses of regional proposals coming before the County Legislature. She said such analyses were missing from two proposals approved by the Legislature in recent months -- the county's takeover of the city's garbage transfer station and this week's contribution of $5 million dollars for Dunn Tire Park improvements.

Niagara Falls, NY – Doctors at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center are trying to determine if a Niagara Falls woman has cutaneous anthrax.

The 38-year-old woman went to the emergency room Saturday night with a lesion on her hand that bears some resemblance to the less severe, skin-based form of anthrax. She handles mail order returns for a clothing store at Summit Park Mall, Newport News outlet.

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The Jamestown Prendergast Library system --  which serves Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties -- has a brand new director.  

WBFO News contributor Ray Marks traveled to the Southern Tier and sat down with Linda Mielke,  who comes to Western New York from California, where she held a similar position.

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Tax Day used to be a party at the post office

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Today is April 15, also known as Tax Day. According to the IRS, 90% of U.S. taxpayers file online, either through an accountant or using tax software. But there was once a time that hordes of last-minute filers descended upon the post office on this day, rushing to get their paper forms in before the deadline. Some would even sit on the floor and do their taxes with a pen and a calculator.

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Heritage Moments: Buffalo picks a polka

There is no “Buffalo Sound,” but if there were, it might well be the lively, happy rhythms of a polka band – music that has provided the region a continuous soundtrack for the better part of a century.

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